The ending of The Boys season two was a bit of a reset for the series. The titular boys are no longer on the run, and have gone their separate ways. So where does that leave us for the upcoming third season? Here is everything we know so far about year three of Amazon Prime’s adaptation of the satirical Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book series.
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The series’ psychotic Superman, Homelander, is still around and living his best life in Vought Tower. But he has a shadow over his head, as Queen Maeve still has the power to blackmail him. Starlight has been cleared of all charges, and is back on the Seven, as is A-Train. The Boys are essentially broken up as a team. Hughie is working for Congresswoman Neuman and Mother’s Milk has gone home to his family. Butcher Billy has an offer to join a new anti-supes team. And that’s where we left our heroes.
What Is Season Three About?
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Aside from one comic in particular (see below), we’re still not sure which of The Boys comics the season will be based on, or even what the plot of season three is. But we are pretty sure it will have something to do with Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit). At the end of season two, Victoria is revealed as a secret supe. She is the one who killed all those people in court by making their heads explode. Season two leaves her as appointed czar for the government’s Office of Supe Affairs, and she’s creating a new task force to keep supes in check. In short, what the Boys were doing, only with more money behind it.
Who Is Coming Back for Season Three?
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As far as we know, almost the entire principal cast is coming back for the third season. Well, everyone whose character is still alive, that is. That includes Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell), Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko), Tomer Kapon (Frenchie), Antony Starr (Homelander), Erin Moriarty (Annie/Starlight), Jessie T Usher (A-Train), Nate Mitchell (Black Noir), Chace Crawford (The Deep), Dominique McElligott (Queen Maeve), Claudia Doumit (Victoria Neuman), and Giancarlo Esposito (Stan Edgar).
Who’s Joining the Cast?
Katia Winter, formerly of Dexter and Sleepy Hollow, will appear in the third season as a character from the comics named Little Nina. In the original books, she’s an extremely short Russian mobster, with ties to Vought. She is most famous in the comics for her very NSFW death scene, which we will not spoil here. But it will be a “wtf” moment that series will have a hard time topping if they attempt to bring it to the screen, that’s all we’ll say.
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The biggest addition to The Boys’ cast is Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles, who is joining the series as legendary super, Soldier Boy. Much like Homelander is a satirical take on Superman, Solider Boy is the series’ parody of Captain America. He’s the world’s original superhero, and battled in World War II. In the original comics, he was a member of Payback, a rival team to The Seven. According to interviews with showrunner Eric Kripke, Payback will play a big part in season three. And we’ve seen a couple photos of Ackles on set too:
In season three, The Boys will reinvent Payback as less of a rival team to the Seven, and more of as the team that inspired them (Think DC’s Justice Society in comparison to their Justice League). They’ll be exploring the history of that team and its members from the comics, including Eagle the Archer, Crimson Countess, Tek Knight, Swatto, and Mind-Droid. Another member in the comics was Stormfront, which leads directly into our next big question about season three.
Per a June 23 report in Entertainment Weekly, The Boys has enlisted three more superheroes for season three. Sean Patrick Flanery, best known for The Boondock Saints, will play a character named Gunpowder. Nick Wechsler of Roswell and Revenge will play Blue Hawk. Finally, Miles Gaston Villanueva of Nancy Drew will play Supersonic. Given that all three heroes (or, more likely, villains of a sort) are original characters without comics precedent, there’s little to speculate on just yet.
On the heels of that announcement, we learned via Variety about the casting of The Walking Dead‘s Laurie Holden. On The Boys, Holden will play comics character Crimson Countess. The version of the character that Holden will play is likely the second Crimson Countess, a member of the aforementioned Payback. We expect that the TV series will expand the somewhat smaller role.
In early October, we learned about new series regulars for The Boys season three from Deadline. Frances Turner, Kristin Booth and Jack Doolan will play Monique, wife of Mother’s Milk; Tessa; and Tommy, respectively. Tessa and Tommy are known as the TNT Twins.
A First Look at Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy
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At last, our first glimpse at Jensen Ackles in The Boys‘ answer to Captain America: Soldier Boy. And wow it was worth the wait; that suit is spectacular and Ackles looks everything we hoped he’d be as the fan favorite character. In a press release, showrunner Eric Kripke revealed that when Ackles was first cast he told the Supernatural star that he was most excited for him to go experience the process of working with costume designer Laura Jean Shannon on creating the suit. Kripke also noted that Soldier Boy’s suit is one of his favorite.
Of the epic suit, Shannon said, “Soldier Boy is the original bad ass. Our goal was to highlight a bygone era of overt masculinity and grit. With that pedigree we dove headfirst into baking in an all-American quality grounded in a military soldier’s practicality with a heavy dose of old school cowboy swagger. We knew that the actor had to have Steve McQueen looks and chops with a John Wayne attitude, luckily Jensen Ackles embodies all of that.”
What About Stormfront?
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One of the most notable additions to the Seven in season two of The Boys was Stormfront, played by Aya Cash. She is revealed to be a secret Nazi, with origins going all the way back to World War II. The end of last season saw her fried to a crisp and left without limbs. But she’s not dead. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cash said, “I think you’ll just have to see season three to find out what happened to her, [or] if she’s going to be around at all in her smaller form.” One way we could see her is in flashbacks, as Stormfront was a member of Payback in the comics.
Herogasm Is Getting Adapted in Season Three
It’s one of the wildest stories in the comic series. And according to a tweet for showrunner Eric Kripke, it’s coming to season three. We’re talking about Herogasm, which is a story that is exactly what it sounds like. In Herogasm, Homelander tells the whole world that all the super-teams are banding together to combat an alien invasion in space. What they actually are doing is having an orgy that lasts for days on a remote island, complete with drugs and other debauchery. In the comics, the Boys infiltrate these hedonistic heroes’ getaway. Since they are no longer a team on the series, not sure how this will play out.
When Will Season Three Drop?
Filming for season three started on February 24 in Toronto. Production commenced under strict COVID-19 safety protocols, so it’s possible it might take longer to film. Both seasons one and two consisted of eight episodes, so we imagine season three is the same. Season one premiered in summer 2019, and season two in early fall 2020. So fingers crossed we’ll see a similar time frame for this much anticipated third year.
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Originally published on May 7, 2021.